Integrated Site Design

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. CDT

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The session will be a discussion of using design to be regenerative rather than degenerative. Impacts of continuing as we are (degenerative design) will be outlined. Explain how regenerative design works with sustainability principals – energy usage, green design, etc. Review how tradition site design as practiced impacts the environment – runoff, ecosystem damage etc. Point out how traditional design can be in-efficient, costly to maintain, under-utilize landscape and green areas, etc. Discuss rain-gardens and bio-retention: how they work and benefits with examples. Illustrations of green roofs/previous paving methods will be discussed and reviewed. The concept of cisterns and water capture for on0site use will be illustrated and examples provided. A review and projects and concepts in various areas will be used to illustrate integrated design and how it can enhance surroundings, improve safety, be used in public spaces, made interactive for learning, and integrate indoor and outdoor areas. The presentation will close with future federal regulations and best practices as well has some grant and funding sources.